FRIDAY NIGHT SPEAKER
The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is proud to present
Roy W. Lowe
SEABIRD CONSERVATION ON THE OREGON COAST
Roy W. Lowe was employed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 37 years prior to retiring in January 2015. He worked on the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex based in Newport, Oregon for 29 years, first as a biologist and until retirement as its only Project Leader. The Oregon Coast Refuge Complex includes six National Wildlife Refuges and two Wilderness Areas along 320 miles of the Oregon coast. Roy graduated from Humboldt State Univeristy in Arcata, California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management in 1977. He previously worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Northern Alabama and the San Francisco Bay Area before transferring to Oregon in 1985. Some of his awards have included National Wildlife Refuge Manager of the Year, DOI Federal Land Manager of the Year, DOI Meritorious Service Award, and USFWS National Lands Legacy Award.
The Oregon Coast is home to more than 1 million nesting seabirds and tens of thousands of pinnipeds. Over the past four decades the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked to conserve marine wildlife and habitats along the Oregon coast through environmental education, interpretation, refuge management actions, law enforcement, land acquisition, oil spill planning, response and restoration and other activities. The majority of the seabirds nesting in Oregon accur within Oregon Islands and three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges which include 1,863 rocks, reefs and islands, and three headlands.
SATURDAY NOON SPEAKER
THE OTHELLO SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT
"WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY -
WHY COMMON BIRDS MATTER"
Woody Wheeler is a Master Birder, a Certified Interpretive Guide and the owner of Conservation Catalyst, a birding and natural history firm. He previously worked for The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society and Seattle Parks Foundation. Connecting people with nature is his passion, and he does so through trips, classes, presentations, and most recently, by writing the book Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window. Woody holds Environmental Studies and Geography degress from Western Washington University, studied Ornithology at University of Washington, and took the Master Birding Class at Seattle Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Biology CLass. He is certified interpretive guide who believes that learning about nature should be engaging, inclusive and fun.
Drawing from his book Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window, he will describe remarkable attributes of common species: how the common has become uncommon in recent years, ho vital common species are to the ecology of the planet, and why we should all show recerence and appreciation for common as well as rare species. He will close with birding in one's own back yard as a take home message.